Friday, December 29, 2006

TIME suggests OJ book coming back

TIME notes: With the exception of some copies pilfered from warehouses, the entire 400,000 print run of If I Did It — in which Simpson "hypothesized" how he would have killed his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman — was slated to be destroyed. As with most celebrity tell-all tales, however, Simpson's rights to the material will eventually revert back to him. Though the exact contractual language has not been made public, a source close to Simpson tells TIME that O.J. gets certain rights returned 12 months after the original publication date — which means he should be in a position to re-sell his book before next Christmas.

And, yes, there is an intellectual property [IP] angle--> Fred Goldman's attorney, Jonathan Polak: "We're seeking to unwind all the transactions, including the transfer of the intellectual property." Goldman filed a lawsuit last week against both Simpson and Lorraine Brooke Associates.

Of the falsified resume by Donald Trump's mortgage chief, one blog wrote: From the "I'm going to call Rosie O'Donnell fat to keep this mess out of the news" department. Of course, there is some irony in having the head guy of a company that is supposed to "clean up" an area be guilty of such transparent misrepresentations.

***Separately -->

The death of Gerald Ford marks the last link to the Warren Commission.

The Bismark Tribune noted:

With his passing, the last link to the Warren Commission joins the historical roll. Himself the target of two assassination attempts, he was the last living participant in the investigation into the assassination of President Kennedy, so long ago.

Ford's actions in this controversial area remain a bit puzzling, especially as to the placement of the back/neck wound on President Kennedy. An account of this issue can be found here.The general area spawned various "false advertising" law suits, including those related to Mark Lane.

In 1963, Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Ford to the Warren commission set up to investigate the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. Johnson remarked of Ford (a graduate of the University of Michigan AND of Yale Law School) that he couldn't fart and chew gum at the same time. In 1965, Ford co-wrote, with John R. Stiles, a book about the findings of the commission, Portrait of the Assassin.

Ford often said that he had "many adversaries but not one enemy" on Capitol Hill. He always managed to avoid offending opponents by force of personality, adopting the adage of "disagreeing without being disagreeable".


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